Google introduced Priority Inbox last year to much fanfare from those with bottomless inboxes, and today announced that it is taking the sorting options it provides to users a step further in the coming weeks.
The new sorting options include Classic (that’s what you’re used to right now), Priority Inbox, Important first, Unread first, and Starred first.
While Unread first and Starred first are self-explanatory, Important first sounds a lot like Priority Inbox. The difference is that Priority Inbox shows important unread messages first, whereas Important first orders by importance but not by read state.
- Classic – This is the default inbox style most people are used to. In the Classic inbox, messages are ordered chronologically, with your most recent email at the top.
- Priority Inbox – Important and unread messages appear at the top of your inbox, then starred messages, then everything else. Each section can be customized further, so you can create your own inbox style.
- Important first – This style puts important mail at the top of the page (both read and unread messages). Everything else is in its own section at the bottom of your inbox. You may have noticed that we turned on importance arrows for everyone a few weeks ago; this inbox style separates messages with these arrows from those without.
- Unread first – Simple: unread mail at the top; everything else at the bottom.
- Starred first – Starred messages at the top; everything else at the bottom.
The tabs you see in the screenshot above will disappear after you settle on a style and use it for around a week, but you’ll always be able to change your sorting style using the Inbox label drop down menu.